The EU likes to see itself as a leader in the fight against climate change. Yet, in order to lead, Europe first needs to decide where it wants to go.
Some EU Member States, particularly those reliant on coal and heavy industry, had been dragging their feet over climate targets. However, following all-night negotiations on 10-11 December 2020, European leaders have agreed to update the bloc’s climate goals to a more ambitious 55% reduction in greenhouse emissions by 2030.
Yet, even if targets are agreed, does the political will exist to meet them? As unemployment rises, pressure will doubtless increase on policymakers to prioritise the economy over the environment, despite the signs of climate catastrophe being all around us – from raging wildfires to melting Arctic sea ice.
On Thursday 17 December at 09:00 CET, we streamed an online Citizens’ Panel discussing Europe’s climate change strategy. We invited Franziska Brantner, Member of the German Bundestag (Green Party).
You can watch the stream here or on our Facebook page.
Is Europe still leading the fight against climate change? As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, will the EU resist the pressure to prioritise the economy at the expense of the environment? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!